Former Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall is opening a new prep school basketball program in Athens, Tennessee.
Tyndall has created T-N-G Prep Academy and plans to players in grades 9-12 and one year of post grad basketball.
Here is a description of the T-N-G website:
T-N-G Prep Academy is a fully accredited prep academy offering grades 9 thru 12 and a Post Grad year. We balance academics with the highest level of basketball skill development. T-N-G houses all student-athletes and serves three meals a day at our training table. We offer ACT and SAT prep classes for all grades. As an Adidas sponsored school, we play a very competitive schedule of 25-30 games a year. We also employ a full-time strength and conditioning coach to assist each athlete.
T-N-G has both a high school team and a post-graduate team. Each player gets constant individual attention along with team coaching and play. Our coaching staff will identify areas of improvement, build on strengths, and focus on specifically requested areas by the athlete, parent, or coach. Our school is open to both domestic and international athletes who want to compete at a high level.
Contact Coach Tyndall via e-mail: Donnietyndall15@gmail.com
Here are some comments from Tyndall via The Daily Post-Athenian:
"What I want to try to do is bring in about 20 to 30 guys," said Tyndall at Wednesday's BZA meeting.
"Some will be fifth-year guys that maybe need one more class to get qualified; some who have been under-recruited and just want more exposure to try to better their opportunities and then go on to college."
Tyndall said similar training facilities are springing up all across the country.
"To do it the right way, you've got to have a nice facility and a good coaching staff, which I can assure you, we'll have some really impressive young guys who will handle these guys the right way," said Tyndall.
Tyndall said he and other academy personnel plan to be active in the community with public speaking engagements at local middle and high schools.
Tyndall does not anticipate many games will be played in Athens for at least the first couple of years. Academy participants will play exhibition games against preparatory schools and other entities.
"This will give young coaches an opportunity to get exposure and experience to go on and better themselves in the coaching field," said Tyndall. "A lot of young guys maybe wouldn't have an opportunity to go to college if something like this didn't open itself up to them."
He also noted the financial benefits to local businesses from players attending the academy, as well as out-of-town traffic visiting for games. He also assured members of the BZA that his players will be of high character.
"We won't have a bunch of guys getting in trouble or acting foolishly in the community, I can assure you of that," said Tyndall.
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